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Sharks Cove

Pupukea Beach Park

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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  • The tide pools near Sharks Cove at Pupukea Beach Park. These pools are a safe place for the family on most days, though conditions can get big in winter.- Sharks Cove
  • The tide pools near Sharks Cove at Pupukea Beach Park. These pools are a safe place for the family on most days, though conditions can get big in winter.- Sharks Cove
  • The western beach of Pupukea Beach Park.- Sharks Cove
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  • The beach near the cove.- Sharks Cove
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  • The main tide pools at Sharks Cove.- Sharks Cove
  • The Pupukea Marine Conservation Area.- Sharks Cove
  • The offical Sharks Cove.- Sharks Cove
  • The grassy area at Sharks Cove.- Sharks Cove
  • An artist enjoying some inspiration.- Sharks Cove
  • Bike paths at Sharks Cove.- Sharks Cove
  • Large sandy beaches at Sharks Cove.- Sharks Cove
  • Some of the rocky coves at Sharks Cove.- Sharks Cove
  • Some of the rocky coves at Sharks Cove.- Sharks Cove
  • Picnic tables at the western beach.- Sharks Cove
  • Basketball courts.- Sharks Cove
  • Underwater swim-throughs for freedivers.- Sharks Cove
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Awesome snorkeling. Easy access. Has a protected tide pool.
Cons: 
Can get crowded. Dangerous on big surf days.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Pebbly beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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Sharks Cove is a large set of tide pools located at Pupukea Beach Park on the North Shore of O'ahu. Largely protected by a natural breakwater, the pools are vast and calm and great for snorkeling. Pupukea is a big park with multiple beaches, coves and sections. There is a basketball court, showers and bathrooms, and multiple parking lots. There are a few large sandy beaches and several rocky ones. This area is not known for surfing, which is funny when you consider it is between some of the best spots in the world.

Many people are intimidated to enter the ocean while visiting the North Shore, and it is dangerous. Sharks Cove is awesome because it eliminates the shorebreak issue, and there is a large beach to enjoy between snorkel sessions. Don't be fooled by the name; no sharks enter the tide pools. There is a much larger and deeper swimming hole that is the official "Sharks Cove" to the east that has way better diving but is more open and dangerous. The unofficial but more commonly used shallow pools are called "Sharks Cove" all the same. Underwater tunnels and caves are found all over the area, and doing swim-through's is a fun but dangerous pastime. Keep an eye out for humpback whales during the winter months.

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